Join The Club
March 26, 2014
An article in one of the daily papers caught my eye the other day. I spied it online and clicked onto the website to read more about the new eating plan which could help people lose weight. After reading through I decided that the plan wasn't for me. It wasn't faddy or foolish, it was a sensible approach to food and nutrition which would certainly appeal to some people, but just not the right method for me.
Afterwards, I scrolled down to see some of the comments which had been posted and was genuinely surprised as so many of them seemed to take the view "it's not rocket science - eat less move more and don't get suckered by clubs taking your money for something you could do yourself".
I've said in the past that I agree wholeheartedly with the basic premise for successful weight loss is "eat less move more" and understand that sound nutrition and planned exercise are absolutely going to help me get to goal. But sometimes that just isn't enough.
I was astonished at the comments which seemed to indicate that every weight loss club or any diet and exercise programme which charged a fee for their services was somehow fraudulent because they were basically making money by charging people to sign for something was available "for free".
Yes I know what I need to do to lose weight; yes I know what I should eat less of and what I should fill up on; yes I know that exercise is going to help the pounds disappear more quickly and yes, I could do it without spending any extra money but they were missing the point of the "clubs" entirely.
Whether it's WLR or one of the other weight loss organisations which charge a membership fee - there are some very good reasons why we choose to sign up
My list of reasons starts with the fact everything I need is in one place. My graphs and trackers to record my weight loss and changing shape; the food diary and exercise log so that I can properly record what I eat and how many calories I've burned; the food database so that I don't have to spend valuable to reading the small print on the back of the packets.
Secondly, I could spend my time trawling the internet in search of help and advice, but
I've got it in a "one-stop shop". A treasure trove of information and advice on all aspects of changing size and shape all conveniently located in one handy space.
And thirdly, and most importantly for me, it is a place where I can get support. We are basically "pack" animals and when we faced with something daunting or challenging or different we are instinctively comforted by the presence of others in the same situation. We are soothed by belief that there is "safety in numbers" and the knowledge that we are not on the journey on alone. And sharing the journey means that we benefit from the shared wisdom of all of the members. We are all different with varying strengths and weaknesses. We all have good days and bad days which we can share with the other members of our community.
The support is wide-ranging; thoughts, ideas, recipes, exercise tips, cheerleading, shoulders-to-cry-on, kicks-up-the bottom, encouragement - that is what I'm spending my money on.
There are a great many organisations which charge a fee for people to make use of their services: gyms, golf clubs, rugby or football teams, dance classes and it is possible to do all of these without "signing up" and "paying up"... so why is it that weight loss organisations seem to get the (pun intended) "thin end of the wedge" when it comes to the perceived value for money that they offer?
I understand that there are some crazy, even downright dangerous, weight loss schemes which, for payment of a fee, promise the world, cost the earth and deliver nothing - but equally there are some really sensible, supportive, well-researched responsible weight loss organisations, who offer a variety of solutions to a wide variety of people who all want to change their size and shape. WLR is definitely one of those.
I think the price I pay for my membership is money well spent,
and, let’s face it, if I didn't take action regarding my weight and the health-implications that I'm putting myself at risk of by being heavier than is healthy... well I could end up paying the highest price of all.
Have a great WLR day (full of shared thoughts, ideas, recipes, exercise tips, cheerleading, shoulders-to-cry-on, kicks-up-the bottom and encouragement).
With a hug